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Brendon Watkins

Brendon joined MinterEllison as a partner in 2000 after nine years as a partner at Dunhill Madden Butler. He has 30 years experience in advising clients on all aspects of insolvency (reconstructions, work-outs and formal appointments), securities enforcement, risk management, banking and finance litigation and general commercial disputes.

He is recognised as a leader in his field in independent publications such as the Legal Who's Who of Australia (nominated by peers in the profession), the AFR's Best Lawyers List for Australia (each edition from 2008 to 2014) (again, nominated by peers in the profession), recognised as a Tier 1 lawyer in the Australian's List of Best Lawyers for 2011 to 2014, Chambers Global (2006 to 2013 editions), the Asia Pacific Legal 500 Guide (2005 to 2014 editions), IFLR1000 Guide (2009 to 2014 editions), Asianlaw Leading Lawyers (2010 and 2014) and the Guide to the World's Leading Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers (2009 & 2010 editions).

Brendon is one of only three lawyers in Australia to be recognised as an expert in Insolvency and Restructuring by the latest edition of Expert Guides, titled 'Best of the Best' (October 2014).


  • BEc, LLB


  • VIC
  • NSW
  • High Court

Awards and Recognition

  • Leading Individual, Insolvency and Reconstruction - Chambers Asia Pacific: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

    Melbourne partner Brendon Watkins is a 'strong advocate who never leaves a stone unturned and is very tenacious as well as a good leader,' according to clients. He offers over 27 years of experience on all aspects of insolvency, reconstructions and workouts - Chambers Asia Pacific 2014

    Well-respected partner Brendon Watkins is described by sources as 'an extremely competent operator, a good thinker with a very can-do attitude. He doesn't get bogged down if the law is contradictory. He's sensible and doesn't put up roadblocks.' He acted for the receivers and managers of Burrup Fertilisers, in relation to a secured creditor's exposure valued in excess of AUD900 million - Chambers Asia Pacific 2013

    Respected for his 'knowledge and passion', Brendon Watkins 'provides clear, concise advice that is both practical and of a high technical standard.' He is noted for his 'attention to detail and ability to break down extremely complex legal matters to provide clients with well-researched and thorough advice.' Clients comment that 'he is the sort of guy who you bring in when you need a heavy hitter' - Chambers Asia Pacific 
  • Leading Individual, Insolvency and Reconstruction - Chambers Global: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Leading Lawyer, Restructuring & insolvency - International Financial Law Review 1000: 2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2013, 2014, 2015

    Melbourne based star partner Brendon Watkins, 'is always focused on the best commercial outcome for us', says a client who also praises the firm's depth. 'Brendan is well-supported by a talented team of senior associates and associates. I trust him to deliver the best outcome.' One peer futher notes that Brendon 'is a really good lawyer, and I enjoy working with him' - International Financial Law Review 1000
  • Leading Individual, Insolvency and Reconstruction - Legal 500 Asia Pacific: 2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

    Brendon Watkins is praised for his ‘technical skills and commercial acumen’ - Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2014

    Brendon Watkins ranks ‘among the key restructuring and insolvency advisors within Australia’ - Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2010/11
  • Recognised, Restructuring and Insolvency - Who's Who Legal: 2016
  • Preeminent, Insolvency and Restrucuring Lawyer (Victoria) 2015: Doyles Guide
  • Recommended, Insolvency and Reorganisation - Best Lawyers: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Recommended, Distressed Investing and Debt Trading - Best Lawyers: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Recognised as an expert in Insolvency and Restructuring by the latest edition of Expert Guides, titled 'Best of the Best' (October 2014)
  • Recognised, Insolvency and Reconstruction - PLC Which Lawyer?: 2009, 2010